Meet our new arrivals

As a conservation charity, new arrivals and breeding success is not only incredibly exciting, but it's also vital to the future of many of the species that we look after.

A combination of factors, including detailed planning, highly knowledgeable keepers, great infrastructure, a compressive animal nutrition plan, top husbandry techniques and scientific insight to back it all up, all contribute to the breeding successes here.

28/12/17

Our year in pictures 2017

2017 has been a spectacular year of stunning wildlife photography at the zoo. From rare new arrivals to ground-breaking conservation projects spanning the globe to the opening of state-of-the-art new habitats for tapirs, sun bears and Asian songbirds, here is our year in pictures…

  • New arrivals
  • Tenrec
  • Capybaras
  • Red river hog
  • Red panda
  • Black rhino
  • white-belted-ruffed-lemurs
  • malayan-tapir
  • Anoa

20/12/17

Rare Sumatran orangutan born at the zoo

An extremely rare baby orangutan has been born at the zoo.

  • Orangutans
  • Sumatra
  • Islands
  • New arrivals

19/12/17

Chester Zoo's top 10 babies of 2017

Keepers, conservationists and scientists at Chester Zoo have celebrated a vast array of births in 2017 – including some of the rarest animals on the planet.

  • Black rhino
  • Andean bears
  • Elephants
  • Javan green magpie
  • Bermuda skink
  • Antelope
  • Painted dogs
  • Montseny brook newt
  • Giraffes
  • Chameleons
  • New arrivals

19/12/17

Chester Zoo's top 10 babies of 2017

Keepers, conservationists and scientists at Chester Zoo have celebrated a vast array of births in 2017 – including some of the rarest animals on the planet.

  • Black rhino
  • Andean bears
  • Elephants
  • Javan green magpie
  • Painted dogs
  • Giraffes
  • New arrivals

12/12/17

The Secret Life of the Zoo captures the moment an endangered bird hatches

The hatching of critically endangered Javan green magpies has been caught on film for the first time.

  • New arrivals
  • Birds
  • Conservation Breeding and Management
  • South East Asia
  • Javan green magpie
  • Christmas Greetings Animals

08/12/17

Our ‘den cams’ capture birth of EIGHT rare painted dog pups

The birth of eight rare African wild dog pups has been caught on our ‘den cams’.

  • Painted dogs
  • New arrivals
  • Christmas Greetings Animals

20/11/17

Cute capybara birth!

This chunky little capybara pup is the latest to be been born at the zoo!

  • Capybaras
  • New arrivals

13/10/17

Rare spider monkey born

A tiny newborn spider monkey has been spotted clinging tightly to its mum.

  • New arrivals
  • Monkeys
  • Christmas Greetings Animals

04/10/17

Baby chameleons hatch at the zoo for the first time

Three colourful chameleons, so tiny they each fit on the end of a finger, have hatched.

  • Reptiles
  • New arrivals
  • Conservation Breeding and Management
  • Conservation in the zoo

28/08/17

World’s smallest monkey gives birth to tiny twins

Our pygmy marmoset, the world’s smallest species of monkey, has given birth to twins.

  • Monkeys
  • New arrivals
  • Pygmy marmoset

24/08/17

Fab five! Dwarf mongoose pups emerge from their den

Five tiny dwarf mongoose pups born at the zoo have emerged from their den for the first time.

  • Dwarf mongoose
  • New arrivals

21/08/17

Jumping for joy! Get ready to meet the UK’s ONLY ‘miniature kangaroos’

The UK’s only dusky pademelons are set to make their public debut at the zoo.

  • Dusky Pademelon
  • New arrivals

14/08/17

Rock hyrax triplets born

Three baby rock hyraxes have made their public debuts.

  • Rock Hyrax
  • New arrivals

13/07/17

Two critically endangered lemurs leap into the zoo

A pair of white-belted ruffed lemurs - a species critically endangered in the wild - have joined us in a bid to help save them from extinction.

  • lemurs
  • New arrivals
  • Mascarenes and Madagascar
  • white-belted-ruffed-lemurs

06/07/17

Fourteen fluffy flamingo chicks have hatched

The first fluffy hatchlings of the year have been welcomed to the flock (or more correctly ‘flamboyance’) of flamingos.

  • New arrivals
  • Flamingos

30/06/17

Joy as two rare rhinos are born within days of each other

Two incredibly rare Eastern black rhino calves have been born in a week, boosting global numbers of the critically endangered species.

  • New arrivals
  • Black rhino
  • Habitat - Tsavo